trespass

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trespass

The unlawful interference with someone's personal or property rights. In a lawsuit, the property owner does not need to prove physical damage to the property in order to recover monetary damages,because the damage is to the exclusive ownership and possessory rights of the owner. However,modern courts do require some evidence that the trespass was intentional; older law did not differentiate between intentional and accidental trespass.In many states,the duty of care a property owner has to avoid unsafe conditions that might harm persons coming on the property is much less for a trespasser than for those who are invited.

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What is noteworthy in all these instances is that invariably the man who trespassed against another man by making use of "his" woman forfeits his life if caught in the act.
One might think that White, a man of God who has time and again fasted and trespassed against the leaders of the religious right, might put Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and James Dobson on his enemies list.
Israel trespassed against Jordan's share in the Yarmouk and the Jordan River, and Syria against Jordan's share in the Yarmouk.